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Latino Book Chat

By Christianne Meneses Jacobs

Latino Book Chat presents interviews with Latino authors and illustrators about their recent works, and conversations with experts in Latino literature.
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07. Estella Gonzalez brings to life her experience living in East LA.

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20. Pam Muñoz Ryan's New Latina Princess
20. Pam Muñoz Ryan's New Latina Princess
Pam Muñoz Ryan's new novel Solimar: The Sword of the Monarchs is full of adventure, villanos, curanderas, and magic. Find out why Solimar wants to be a king, and not a queen. Pam Muñoz Ryan chats with us about how she crafted her fearless Latina princess.
24:35
November 21, 2022
19. Richie Narvaez Teen Murder Mystery
19. Richie Narvaez Teen Murder Mystery
Move over Nancy Drew. Here comes Holly Hernadez! Richie Narvaez has created a Latina teen detective in his YA novel "Holly Hernandez and the Death of Disco." Richie chats about his inspiration for the story, and how he created his characters who view the same scene but tell the story from different points of view. 
22:59
November 07, 2022
18. Susie Jaramillo Helps Children Navigate their Night Terrors
18. Susie Jaramillo Helps Children Navigate their Night Terrors
Sit down with us as we talk with author Susie Jaramillo about her beautifully crafted book Skeletina & the In-Between World. She discusses how she was inspired to create Young Skeletina to help children confront their anxieties, navigate the fears produced by nightmares, and other issues that weigh on their minds. Parents will appreciate Susie's enthusiasm for helping children creatively confront these challenges. We invite you to join us to learn more.  You can purchase a copy of the book at NicaGal.com http://nicagal.com/NicaGal_nuestra_tienda.html
23:49
October 24, 2022
17. Reyna Grande's Love Story in a Time of War
17. Reyna Grande's Love Story in a Time of War
Acclaimed author Reyna Grande discusses her newest historical fiction novel "A Ballad of Love and Glory". Her story portrays the love saga of Ximena Salomé, a Mexican healer and nurse, and John Riley, an Irish soldier who deserts the US Army and becomes the leader of the St. Patrick's Batallion during the Mexican-American War. Reyna talks about her process, the years of research it took to write her novel, and crafting her unforgettable characters. You can purchase a copy of the book at NicaGal.com http://nicagal.com/NicaGal_nuestra_tienda.html
30:50
October 17, 2022
16. Estela Juarez A Young Child's Fight Against Family Separation
16. Estela Juarez A Young Child's Fight Against Family Separation
"Until Someone Listens" by Estela Juarez is the story of her mother's deportation to Mexico. At 8 years old, Estela found her voice and began to tell her story to anyone who would listen. She was features in the 2020 Democratic National Convention. Estela takes as on an emotional journey as she fights to reunite her family. You can purchase a copy of the book at NicaGal.com http://nicagal.com/NicaGal_nuestra_tienda.html
10:51
October 10, 2022
15. Felicia Zamora's Poetry A Celebration to Human Connectivity with the Natural World
15. Felicia Zamora's Poetry A Celebration to Human Connectivity with the Natural World
Felicia Zamora's new poetry book Quotient is a celebration to how humans need to go back to reconnect with our natural world. She challenges our thinking and preconceptions about our existence. We are not as special as we think we are. She takes us on a journey through math, physics, and chemistry in a world of lyrical intensity.  You can purchase a copy of the book at NicaGal.com http://nicagal.com/NicaGal_nuestra_tienda.html
36:00
September 26, 2022
14. Frederick Aldama's New Book Shows the Love and Joy of Learning from Papá
14. Frederick Aldama's New Book Shows the Love and Joy of Learning from Papá
"Con Papá/With Papá" by Frederick Luis Aldama takes young children on a ride to discover the many adventures they can have with their Papá. As the protagonists grows up, the child learns confidence so that one day they can step into the world on their own. These moments full of joy that children experience as they learn from their Papás are captured in this beautifully book. You can purchase a copy of the book at NicaGal.com http://nicagal.com/NicaGal_nuestra_tienda.html
22:45
September 12, 2022
13. Silvia Casabianca Shows Us that Love and Empathy Can Save Our World.
13. Silvia Casabianca Shows Us that Love and Empathy Can Save Our World.
Dr. Silvia Casabianca has researched for decades the role of love and empathy in the preservation of the human specie. Her new book Heartminded emphasizes that humans are born with a capacity to have empathic feelings which are needed to save us from our own destruction.  You can purchase a copy of Dr. Casabianca's book at NicaGal.com http://nicagal.com/NicaGal_nuestra_tienda.html
26:53
August 29, 2022
12. Emma Otheguy Introduces Her Young Readers to Social Issues
12. Emma Otheguy Introduces Her Young Readers to Social Issues
Emma Otheguy invites her young readers to become advocates for important social issues such as immigration, racism, and classism in her middle grade novel "Sofia Acosta Makes a Scene." Young Sofia finds her voice and discovers that even though she is young, she can make a difference in her community. This is a must read book for young middle school children. You can purchase a copy of Emma's book at NicaGal.com http://nicagal.com/NicaGal_nuestra_tienda.html
20:45
August 15, 2022
11. Ariadna Sánchez Spanish Poetry Collection
11. Ariadna Sánchez Spanish Poetry Collection
Author Ariadna Sánchez Hernández has been inspired by her immigrant experience, the absence of social justice in her homeland, and the universal feeling of love. With intriguing photographs, Ariadna offers a window into the beauty of her native Oaxaca as she crafts a very touching and inspiring collection of Spanish poetry in Visitas Inesperadas.  You can purchase a copy of Ariadna's books in our new online store Nuestra Tienda at NicaGal.com http://nicagal.com/NicaGal_nuestra_tienda.html 
17:53
August 01, 2022
10. Daniel Olivas Creates a Surreal World
10. Daniel Olivas Creates a Surreal World
Author Daniel Olivas takes us on a wild ride in his new collection of magical, surreal and dystopian short stories How to Date a Flying Mexican.  You can purchase a copy of Daniel's books in our new online store Nuestra Tienda at NicaGal.com http://nicagal.com/NicaGal_nuestra_tienda.html
27:26
July 18, 2022
09. Monica Brown's Bicultural Characters Find a Home in Children's Hearts
09. Monica Brown's Bicultural Characters Find a Home in Children's Hearts
Author Monica Brown delights children with her bicultural and bilingual books. Her collection of picture books with the bicultural character Marisol McDonald just celebrated its 10th anniversary. Monica chats about what makes Marisol so unique and why children love her. You can purchase a copy of Monica's books in our new online store: http://nicagal.com/NicaGal_nuestra_tienda.html 
16:40
July 05, 2022
08. The Highlights Foundation Supports Latinix Creators.
08. The Highlights Foundation Supports Latinix Creators.
With mentorship and guidance from outstanding faculty at the Highlights Foundation, aspiring authors and illustrators hone their craft and learn about book publishing. Visit https://www.highlightsfoundation.org/ to learn more about workshops and retreats for authors and illustrators.
28:43
June 20, 2022
07. Estella Gonzalez brings to life her experience living in East LA.
07. Estella Gonzalez brings to life her experience living in East LA.
In "Chola Salvation”, author Estella Gonzalez draws upon her experiences living in East LA to vividly bring her characters to life. Add in a dose of magic realism and soon the reader is cheering for the underdogs in this engaging debut young adult novel. Visit https://www.eastloswriter.com to order her book.
27:17
June 06, 2022
06. Jessica Payne brings the joy of reading.
06. Jessica Payne brings the joy of reading.
Jessica Payne is the executive director of Kids Need to Read, an organization that provides books to schools and libraries across the country. Visit kidsneedtoread.org to request books for your school or library, or to make a donation. 
33:17
May 16, 2022
05. Juliet Menéndez uncovers the stories of women who have shaped Latino history.
05. Juliet Menéndez uncovers the stories of women who have shaped Latino history.
Author and illustrator Juliet Menéndez chats about her first book Latinitas and the inspiration behind this amazing project. Latinitas in an anthology of short stories about influential Latinas making history in Latina America and the United States.
24:47
April 25, 2022
04 Rudy Garcia A young hero faces an Aztec monster in an epic journey
04 Rudy Garcia A young hero faces an Aztec monster in an epic journey
In the novel Death Song of the Dragón Chicxulub, a young hero battles an Aztec dragon as he searches for his identity and destiny.
30:05
April 11, 2022
03. Laura Castillo encourages Latino families to visit the library.
03. Laura Castillo encourages Latino families to visit the library.
A conversation with librarian Laura Castillo about the many services offer by public libraries to the general population and especially the Latino community.
15:51
March 28, 2022
02. René Colato Laínez - The teacher full of stories.
02. René Colato Laínez - The teacher full of stories.
Children’s book author René Colato Laínez chats about his most recent book releases.
19:29
March 14, 2022
01. Holly Ayala finds inspiration in her Salvadoran roots.
01. Holly Ayala finds inspiration in her Salvadoran roots.
Author Holly Ayala chats about her first children’s book ABC El Salvador, an alphabet book portraying the culture, traditions, and geography of El Salvador.
25:05
February 27, 2022